‘Love Never Dies’ tops 2017-2018 B’way in Detroit

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

The big news is that Broadway in Detroit will bring “Hamilton” to Detroit — but not until the 2018-2019 season over a year from now.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies” is the passion-filled sequel to “Phantom of the Opera.”

Mark your calendars.

In the meantime, there’s a full slate of shows coming for 2017-2018, starting in October with the Andrew Lloyd Webber “Love Never Dies,” the passion-filled sequel to “Phantom of the Opera.”

Set 10 years after the Phantom vanished from the Paris Opera House, he’s now taken up residence in the garish wonderland of 1907 Coney Island, New York.

And really — what could be better?

“An American in Paris” touring company.

“I’d say we have a very diverse season,” said Broadway in Detroit Executive Director Alan Lichtenstein. He laughed. “We’ve got the whole lineup. Curves, knuckleballs and sliders. Five deep in the pitching staff.”

“Love” will be followed in December by the Tony-award winning “An American in Paris,” on its first national tour.

Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron in “The Bodyguard.”

“The Bodyguard” will go up in January, 2018, followed by the Peter Pan backstory “Finding Neverland” in February.

Ana Villafañe as Gloria Estefan in “On Your Feet!”

“School of Rock” will come in April, and “On Your Feet!” — which follows Emilio and Gloria Estefan as they claw their way up the pop ladder — concludes the regular subscription season in May.

A scene from “School Of Rock” at New London Theatre.

As usual, there are four bonus shows outside the subscription series: “Gobsmacked” and “The Color Purple,” both in November, “Les Misérables in February, 2018, “Cinderella” in March, and “Wicked” in August.

But getting back to the season a year hence — Lichtenstein won’t say when or how long “Hamilton” will be in Detroit, apart from confirming that it will be spring 2019.

Season ticket-holders who renew their subscriptions for 2018-2019 will, of course, have their same seats for “Hamilton.”

Subscribers will also have first dibs on additional “Hamilton” tickets when they go on sale, before the rest of the world gets its chance.

When the time comes, don’t hesitate. “In Chicago,” said Lichtenstein, “we put up six months of tickets for ‘Hamilton’ and sold out in eight minutes.”

New subscriptions for 2017-2018 season go on sale April 1.

Christine Dwyer as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in the national production of “Finding Neverland”


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